The cast of BROTHERS & SISTERS is arguably the finest ensemble on television today, and just as arguably one of the finest ever. They are all uniformly excellent... and each stands out in his or her own way. Matthew Rhys brings a depth and complexity to his portrayal of Kevin Walker which is truly magisterial: fully three dimensional... and, unlike so many gay characters, neither campy nor fey, neither catty nor effeminate. Unlike Will on WILL & GRACE-- ostensibly the non-swishy character-- Kevin is athletic and even shows up two gun-toting Republicans in a quail hunt. (Will could be somewhat effeminate at times, which became annoying.) Mr Rhys plays Kevin with compassion and understanding: he has a keen intelligence and common sense, he is kind and considerate-- though he can also be moody, even depressive, quick to jump to conclusions and at times sarcastic. But these flaws are explored by Mr Rhys as fully as the virtues. Indeed, Mr Rhys is so good at bringing Kevin to life that there is no way of inferring what Mr Rhys' own sexual orientation actually is. Indeed, I am reasonably convinced that he is quite heterosexual in real life, and he has almost always played straight men through his career (or such of it as I have watched). All in all, Mr Rhys is a splendid actor, and his characterization of Kevin Walker is flawless. As indeed are those of his peers on this wonderful cast.
Llwyddiant i chi!